Bark in the Park, Cincinnati, OH, April 16, 2013

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Winter’s chill may still be in the air, but the hearts of dog devotees are warmed by the news that the boys of summer are already making plans to go to bat for the benefit of shelter animals.

Stepping up to the plate to raise funds for SPCA Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Reds will host Bark in the Park on April 16th. A chance for baseball buffs to enjoy a game alongside their barking buddy, pet parents and their pups will be sitting in the catbird seat, so to speak, as they take their places in a special reserved area and watch the Reds play ball against the Philadelphia Phillies.

There will also be plenty of Fido-centric fun off the field! For a donation to SPCA Cincinnati, dogs and their devoted guardian can have their photo taken in front of a special Reds backdrop; Spots can vie for prizes for the best dog trick, best Reds dash, best dressed dog and smallest/largest dog; attendees can mull over merchandise at the pet expo or look for a new furry friend among adorable adoptables from SPCA Cincinnati in the Dog Zone, and pups can promenade in the pre-game pet parade  alongside a member of their human family on the track surrounding the field.

Fans who miss the April 16th game won’t be in the dog house, as the Reds will host a second Bark in the Park on September 23rd when they take on the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tickets: Dog package (one person, one dog) $32 each; ($30 if both games purchased before the April 16th game sells out); additional human tickets: $22 each. $2 from each Dog Package is donated to SPCA Cincinnati.

When: April 16, 2013

Where: Great American Ball Park at 100 Nuxhall Way in Cincinnati, Ohio

Photo Credit: ClipArt

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Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of DogTipper.com and CatTipper.com, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.